What Are Common Warning Signs of Sexual Harassment in the Workplace?
The first warning signs of sexual harassment may not be apparent. Sexual harassment may resemble harmless flirting at first. Over time, what appeared to be flirting can transform into unwanted advances, verbal harassment and stalking. It is important to recognize the warning signs of sexual harassment so you can begin recording evidence. Should you choose to pursue legal options against your employer, this evidence will become invaluable.
The following are examples of sexual harassment:
- Co-workers may target you with sexually suggestive nicknames or comments. This can be verbal or through email or texting.
- You may experience inappropriate touching (pinching, shoulder rubs, kissing or grabbing).
- Supervisors may try to offer promotions or other benefits in exchange sexual favors or contact. This is called quid pro quo sexual harassment.
- In some cases, sexual harassment can progress to stalking after work hours.
How Can You Collect Evidence of Sexual Harassment?
If you are experiencing sexual harassment, there are multiple ways you can start recording evidence.
- You can start a journal to record the harassment. Take note of who is responsible, what was said and done, and what time the harassment occurred. It may also help to write down witnesses.
- Sexual harassment sometimes involves electronic correspondence. Should you choose to pursue legal options against your employer, emails, text messages and voicemails may become useful evidence.
- You can submit detailed complaints to supervisors or human resources in writing by using information from your journal. If your complaints are ignored, you also have the option of filing an additional written complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).
Should all else fail, it may be wise to consider available legal options. An attorney can assess your evidence, and help you decide whether you have a strong case for a lawsuit.
The Los Angeles sexual harassment lawyers at Kesluk, Silverstein, Jacob & Morrison, P.C. can help victims of sexual harassment hold their employers accountable.